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1487, TA/04/254
Talking About Technology

Speaker: Caldwell, Andrew, 1931 - , Interviewee, Male, Dairy trade;
Speaker: Adams, C., Interviewer, Female

Summary of interview item: Brief details where born and various moves, including National Service and Agricultural College. Describes helping father, a Dairy manager and move into Dairy trade from 1951, including year in cheese factory and College. Compares difference between farms and factories and practical nature of training. Mentions return to Ryton, Shropshire after college then move to Cornwall with the Milk Marketing Board. Details work at Cambourne, Cornwall, including skimmed milk powder production, and quality testing of milk. Details sources of milk and collection during 1930s / 1940s and after introduction of Milk Marketing Board. Mentions use of 'Factors' in distribution. Details changes in labour intensity of cheese production from 1930s, also working conditions and changes in machinery. Mentions effect of artificial insemination of milk production, quality control tests and effects of bulk collection. Mentions moves with Milk Marketing Board from 1957 to 1967 including Shropshire and Montgomeryshire and move to Leicestershire with Matthews & Scales, Somerset Creameries Ltd, making cheese. Details customers, dairy conditions in 1967 and improvements, staff and changes to making Stilton cheese in the new factory. Mentions other cheeses and products made. Recalls best memories of working was dealing with farmers.
Place of birth: Stewarton, Strathclyde, Scotland
Education: Agricultural College;
Marital Status: , Children:
Father's Occupation: Dairy Manager
Mother's Occupation:
Location: County: Leicestershire
Location: Town/Place:
Periods Covered: 1940s, 1950s, 1960s, 1970s, 1980s, 1990s
Language: English

Recording Date: 1/2/2001
Playing time: 1 hr
Access Restrictions: Restricted Item Copyright: Bournemouth University
Summary: Yes
Transcription: No
Copies: yes
Cross Reference:

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